Career History

Dr Richard Holmes


Multi-disciplinary researcher and research/business development manager with a PhD in Instrumentation and Analytical Science and 18 years of academic and industry facing research experience. A Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (commended in Jan 2018 for my contributions to EPSRC peer review activities), reviewer for UKIERI, with expertise in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Analytical Science, Optics, Physics, Instrumentation, Electronics, Biofuels, CAD/CAM, cleanroom working, and medical device fabrication.

Experienced in project management, business development & engagement, grant writing, research administration, academic R&D, lecturing, line management, information technology, networking, management and strategic development.

Career History

Academic Appointments - 2019 - Present


Supply Teaching Assistant - SEN and Secondary schools in North Yorkshire - Enhanced DBS Required.

Key Skills: Organisation, Patience, Responsibility, Safeguarding, Timekeeping, Flexibility.

Key Activity Areas: SEN (Primary —> 18+)

Markel - 2019 (3 months)


Senior bid writer for Markel, working with SME's to access European R&D funding.

Key Skills: Project Management, Bid Writing, Technical evaluation.

Key Activity Area: Battery systems for electric vehicles

The University of Bradford — 2014-2018

Research development manager overseeing a team of four support officers and personally responsible for over £110m worth of research bids (UKRI, Innovate-UK, NIHR, H2020, medical charities, etc) with around 80 academic staff across multiple faculties. A success rate of approximately 27% across all funders resulted in just under £30m of funds directly attributable to my work. Overall, the team was responsible for a three-fold increase in research bidding from £25m in 2013/14 to £79m in 2017/18 and an award level increase from £6m in 2013/14 increasing to £21m in 2017/18.

Responsible for all elements of pre-and post award processing and liaison with relevant internal and external stakeholders regarding finance, legal processes and realignment/re-contracting during the lifetime of the award for allocated projects and providing supervisory cover for team based projects.

Also responsible for management of EU and UK funder portals, de-facto LEAR for Bradford and contact point for H2020 and JeS submissions, and management of reporting via Researchfish, and appointed as external peer-reviewer for UKIERI and EPSRC as a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.

Key Skills: Project management, Horizon scanning, Policy development, Consortium building, Training development and delivery (grant success, grant finance and mock interview skills), Recruitment, Communication and co-ordination, Technical writing, Concept development, Data management and analysis, Grant writing and assessment, Financial accountancy, Networking, External relations and Contract review,

Key Activity Areas: Automotive engineering, Chemical engineering, Communications and RF (inc 5G), Energy systems, Computer science, International development, Polymers systems and medical devices, Augmented media and reality, Image reconstruction and Archeology, GPDR, Open Access Data and Data management.

The University of Sheffield — 2013-2014

Business development manager responsible for facilitating and maximising industrial links with academics in high energy physics who secured over £650k worth of engagement funding during an 12 month period. Developed network links at national and international meetings (Conferences, KTN meetings, Expo’s, etc), developed cross-faculty engagement and worked towards the delivery of Impact from RCUK funded research and facilitated the establishment of an R&D company in Sheffield.

Additionally, I ran workshops on Government engagement and impact generation, and served as a panel member for NERC Technology Proof-of-Concept grants in 2014.

Key Skills: Networking, Technical Writing, Project Management, Horizon Scanning, data management and analysis, Grant writing and assessment, Training development and delivery, Facilities development, Partnership development and Public engagement.

Key Activity Areas: High energy physics, Astrophysics, Civil engineering, Radiation detection, Medical engineering and devices, and Sensor systems.

The University of Manchester — 2011- 2013

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Measurement Systems and Petroleum Engineering, and researcher into biodiesel catalysis. Responsible for taught classes of 200+, supervision of laboratory classes and management of groups-based study programmes which accounted for 1/3 of the curriculum, Streamlining allocation, timetabling and payment processes for 60 teaching associates, and supervision of Masters and PhD student research projects.

Responsible for £10m worth of submitted research bids and £130k of successful innovation funding, and shortlisted for the IChemE teaching and learning award 2013 for a green energy and biodiesel catalysis project which was designed to be embedded into the teaching curriculum.

Key Skills: Project Management, Academic course development, delivery and assessment, Pastoral care for students, Intellectual property generation, financial management, Industrial liaison and engagement, Outreach and public engagement, Laboratory management and supervision, Experimental design and verification.

Key Activity Areas: Biofuels development, Catalysis, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Measurement systems, and Lecturing.

The University of Ulster — 2009-2011

Research Fellow in medical device design and fabrication for myocardial infarction. Responsible for the development of the instrument prototype system, liaison with a team of electronic and software engineers to develop a prototype system, design and specification of relevant components and supervision of Masters and PhD students, and the co-ordination of placement activities for over 40 work experience students in engineering laboratories.
Responsible for the delivery of taught courses in LabVIEW and CAD, engagement with 1st LEGO League for outreach activities, development of an assisted living project with a local school, and the submission of £600k worth of research funding bids and the development of industrial links with relevant commercial entities. Shortlisted for the EPSRC NoiseMaker 2010 public engagement scheme.

Key Skills: Project Management, Industrial liaison, Academic course development, delivery and assessment, Outreach and public engagement (LEGO Mindstorms) , Laboratory and cleanroom working.

Key Activity Areas: Medical device design and development, Instrument development, Sensor systems, Computer aided design, and Device fabrication (cleanroom processing, wireless communication systems and biosensors).

The University of Manchester — 2001-2009


Research associate in analytical science and instrumentation for microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip technologies. Responsible for instrument development, software design and specification, testing and implementation / delivery of prototypes.

Lecturer in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science responsible for taught courses with 200+ undergraduates and management of groups-based study programmes which accounted for 1/3 of the curriculum.
Additionally responsible for management and activity for multiple projects across Chemical and Electrical Engineering departments, supervision of research students and presentation of data at relevant national and international conferences.

  • Ultrasonic standing wave instruments for particle detection
  • Electrochemical analysis for microfluidic devices
  • Polymer microfluidic systems - Computer Aided Design, CNC Manufacture and injection moulding.
  • Optical waveguide systems for microfludic instruments
  • Microfludics for Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (SNOM) and SNOMIPEDE
  • Rapid microfludic assay for α-Amylase assay for corn ethanol biofuels. (Syngenta)
  • Microfluidic crystallisation and systems for agrochemicals. (Astra Zeneca)

Key Skills: Project Management, Industrial liaison, Academic course development, delivery and assessment, Outreach and public engagement, Laboratory and cleanroom working.

Key Activity Areas: Miniaturised device design and development, Sensor systems, instrument development, Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Machining (CAD/CAM), Analytical Science, Chemical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Optical engineering and Enzyme Assays.
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